In Part I, we looked at many of the effects that immorality has on society. The stories and statistics that were current then still apply and, in many cases, downplay the growth of immorality in our society. Starting with the base family structure, we began looking at the foundation on which children are raised. We also looked at the school system, and how it forces children to face adult issues years before they are actually adults. We examined the role of tolerance and what it means. Finally, we uncovered the wide array of immoral acts committed in schools, and that the flawed system of sexual education is actually promoting these acts.
While statistics and trends in Part I were eye-opening, the fruits of that system—young adults today—are alarming. Adults are involved with many dangerous lifestyle choices. They open themselves up to sexually transmitted diseases, with no thought of any prolonged impact.
Legislators have introduced bills and statutes that would give pedophiles and other “alternative lifestyles” legal standing. Our society is failing and the results are evident.
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the Pacific during World War II, stated, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed in to political and economic decline.” These wise words point to the moral decay that is rotting our nations around us. Time is short—humanity must pay attention now!
Children and adults are bombarded with advertising, television, and social issues that simply did not exist a few generations ago. Each year, the standard of what is considered acceptable entertainment drastically degrades. Hollywood pushes immoral concepts through movies. And the fashion industry and magazines take up the baton in offering clothing to suit these roles.
Such drastic social changes have not occurred without a dramatic effect!
Society has gone from Hollywood and television driving the moral standard, to Hollywood and television trying to keep up with society as a whole. Mass media now merely reflects the condition of society.
In 2002, a survey in the United States showed what children believe and consider to be moral. It was a kind of moral gauge—or barometer—to see where the country stands.
It found that 30% of adults in America did not even believe in morality. Take a moment to realize what this means. Almost one in three adults does not feel that morals shape the way he thinks and makes decisions.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines morality as “a system of ideas of right and wrong conduct.” Unless those surveyed do not understand the meaning of morality, one-third of Americans do not believe in a concept of right and wrong conduct.
How did this happen? Just a few decades ago would have shown completely different results. Can the blame be laid at the feet of the entertainment industry? Many will argue: “Adults can resist the pulls of television and society. They can watch televised acts of murders, sex or deceit without it affecting their moral compass.” This thinking is partially correct. The most effective way to instill wrong morals into a person is to teach him wrong morals as a child. The key is education!
For example, few suggest that people are born as racists. It is learned—developed—over many years, in an environment that drives these wrong concepts into his mind, supplanting what should have been proper and balanced concepts of racial equality.
Also, the younger a person is when wrong thoughts and concepts are introduced, the more likely he is to be open to them. Attitudes must be programmed before a concept of right and wrong solidifies. And so is the case with morality. People must be taught morals when they are young to have them transfer to adulthood. But if they are not being taught proper morals, what are they learning?
The most basic and seemingly innocent of popular teachings is that of tolerance.
Unlike most concepts we will cover in Part II, the concept of tolerance seems logical. Should we not tolerate everyone else? We should not judge people or discriminate against them because of genetics or similar characteristics. Tolerance is based on this noble foundation. But the framework built on this foundation has distorted and perverted what appears to be a moral concept.
Educators have gone beyond simply teaching that we should tolerate—accept—someone because they are African, Chinese, short, tall, thin, etc. We have reached a point where society and its schools are teaching that we should be tolerant of every action one would encounter.
For example, when a child throws a temper-tantrum, it is no longer an unruly child—it is a “child expressing himself.”
When countries attack another, it is not blind hatred or lust—it is our “mismanaged foreign policy.”
There is now always a reason—an excuse—for what is simply wrong conduct. “Being tolerant” has become that excuse.
An often-heard mantra of tolerance advocates is, “As long as we are not hurting others, what we do to ourselves is our business.”
But is this concept sound?
Most hospitals and prisons do not feel that it is. When a patient or inmate becomes suicidal, he is put under a “suicide watch.” This prevents him from doing something to himself that in theory “would not hurt others.” He is being protected from hurting himself.
While modern society cannot stop people from committing immoral acts, individuals must realize that their actions do carry serious consequences. The world has reached a point where virtually anything is tolerated. Almost nothing is considered intolerable. Or is it?
The basis of true tolerance would be to tolerate all viewpoints. But there is a critical view—God’s view—that has been completely wiped from such teachings.
Even small children are now being taught about lifestyles and sexual concepts that would make adults blush. They are taught, as we have said, from a very young age, so that such beliefs and ideals are ingrained into them as they grow into adults.
The result? One-third of adults in the United States do not believe in morality! Yes, one-third does not believe in the concept of right or wrong conduct. It has been said that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” This is especially true with morality—you are not born with a proper concept of right and wrong, you must be taught!
The reason many problems such as crime, war, adultery, theft, etc, are exploding around us is that children are no longer taught right from wrong. They no longer understand what is proper conduct and what is improper—immoral—conduct. When one says that something is wrong, they are being intolerant of wrong conduct. Teaching tolerance will never be compatible with teaching right from wrong, because teaching right from wrong is considered intolerance!
Schools are no longer able to teach that something is wrong because the true understanding of right and wrong is found in the Bible. And when schools begin to teach anything even remotely connected to the Bible, they are hit with legal battles from those who feel the separation of Church and State has been compromised.
The task of teaching children proper morals now completely lies in the hands of parents—and this responsibility is usually underemphasized. Think of all the things influencing our children today: Music, television, movies and peers, which all undermine proper parental influence and authority.
Those pulls always appeal to the carnal nature and “feel good” attitudes in people—especially youth. Television “reality shows” continue to push the envelope of what is acceptable. One begins to wonder if we are even “pushing” anything anymore. It seems that anything and everything is acceptable on television—even in prime time.
For example, every year, a popular lingerie company parades models around in outfits that would have been unthinkable even in catalogs just a few decades ago. Another extremely popular program among children touches on many aspects of the darker side of human nature. This program—which airs in prime time—is about a group of trendy twenty-somethings who fight and kill vampires. During the opening of one program, two female “friends”—who are also witches—were shown in bed together talking about their recent “experience.”
Aside from one’s view of such relationships, should parents be forced to address these issues, presented in such a shocking “in your face” manner?
Truly, anything and everything is tolerated in our society, except those who warn of the consequences of such tolerance.
Which begs the question: Is God tolerant? Many will say that God tolerates any form of conduct as long as we “love each other,” that as long as we “have Jesus in our hearts,” conduct is secondary.
The Bible teaches no such thing. It does say that without love, you are nothing. It also says that living the laws of God is love. To be truly happy, one must follow and live God’s laws. The Creator of the universe put these laws in place to allow people to live happy and fulfilling lives. He knows that when His laws are broken, sadness, emptiness and confusion result.
Therefore, unless God is a cruel and heartless being, He could never tolerate sin, because He knows it brings unhappiness. The world around you is the result of a confused humanity walking blindly, deciding for itself right from wrong, when the Bible has existed for millennia with clear and precise answers.
A major part of the problem comes from people not understanding or knowing what their roles should be. When you show that there are differences between men and women, many angry and loud voices enter the fray. They usually overpower the one speaking. But understand! Men and women were NOT created equal. We are not the same. This is not to say that men are better or vice-versa, but the simple fact is: Males and females are different.
In what is perhaps the most sexist act of all, modern thinkers have tried to blur those differences, instead of allowing men and women to develop their natural abilities—which would result in a more productive and balanced society. What has this caused?
Men are being softened—emasculated—and women are being hardened. People have lost who they are. Again, popular culture is helping this to develop. Beginning in the mid-60s, asexual-looking males became popular. Fashion and hairstyles became unisex. And this has increasingly become the norm. “Pretty” men are the ones who walk the runways and star in movies and, again, boys are unsure who they are and who they should be. Young boys have become so confused by the images drilled into them, some even feel they were born the wrong gender—thinking that God somehow made a mistake in their creation.
Many times, the effect is often more subtle and, like the transition of our culture from morality to immorality, the changes seem minor and “tolerable.” No longer is the man the head of the home. His role of authority has been destroyed, and horribly behaved children are the result. When one does not respect authority, the standards and rules of authority are also no longer respected—and, at times, openly challenged. The line in the sand is blurred, making it easier for young people to cross it.
One such example is women being sexually demure. This is no longer the case; oftentimes women are as aggressive or more aggressive than men. In Part I, we presented statistics showing that women are increasingly becoming the instigators in premarital sex. A strong, conservative woman is portrayed as boring and weak. Radical feminism has sought sexual liberation and has contributed to a perverse, immoral society.
Men have all too readily taken the passenger’s seat in relationships. They no longer lead the relationship, and assume a role not natural for them. This forces women to also walk a path that is not natural for them. Marital problems often stem from partners not understanding and fulfilling their natural roles—so much so, that over 50% of marriages now end in divorce.
When parents play these distorted roles, they leave their children to grow in a confusing environment. Understand! People are not born thinking they are something different than they are. Boys are born knowing they are boys, and the same can be said for girls. But society—and at times, parents—greatly influence child development and their ability to identify with their gender. And it is society, schools and parents that have created gender identity problems for children.
Be it at home or at school, education is the core component of any child’s development. Whether a child becomes a stable adult is largely based on how that child is raised and what he is taught. The following are actual courses taught in schools nationwide:
“What They Didn't Tell You About Queer Sex & Sexuality in Health Class: A Workshop For Youth Only, Ages 14-21” or “Teach Out,” which was held in Massachusetts. It featured Massachusetts Department of Education employees—government employees—instructing children as young as 14 in how to properly perform homosexual sex acts.
Or how about “One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay & Lesbian Youth.” This recommended book in the California school system discusses, in explicit detail, a 16-year old’s first lesbian experience with her 23-year old dance teacher. The story continues, teaching that she should hide the experience from her religious parents.
We could continue quoting news articles from around the country. But now ask: How sure are you that your child is not learning some of the above courses? Many of these and others have been introduced into school systems under the banner of “tolerance.” This has caused many educators to open their doors to such “modern” and “politically correct” attitudes and teachings.
By classifying such courses and assemblies as “Anti-Hatred,” many schools allow very young children to be taught such explicit materials without a parent ever knowing.
How hard it has become to be a parent in the twenty-first century!
Like heroin to a drug addict, sex to human nature—especially that of children—is nearly impossible to resist! Therefore, is it any wonder that children are performing sex acts in record numbers, that teenage sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy are skyrocketing?
The different acts of immorality prevalent today could have filled many pages, with varying descriptions. We could have gone into detail about the agendas and methods various groups use to promote their beliefs—and relieve their guilt. Such accounts are usually the launching point for attacks on people—not their conduct. We have no interest in attacking people. That said, some background must be understood to know the real cause behind the perversions of pedophilia, homosexuality, bestiality, etc.
There is a being who does not fully understand sex. What he does understand is that that sexual relations are a critical part of marriage. While we do not have space to go into why the devil hates marriage, it can be best understood by knowing that the marriage union is symbolic of a union Christ will have with His Church when He returns to earth.
The devil hates that union because it represents a time when he will be put away and unable to influence humanity any longer. But that time has not yet arrived, and he is doing everything in his power to influence and twist mankind.
Is it any surprise that such perversion has gripped our society?
A core concept he wishes to destroy is that of marriage. In a perverse and immoral society, the concept of marriage becomes irrelevant—and the devil has achieved his goal. (To learn more about how marriage represents an important part of God’s Plan, read our free booklet The Purpose of MARRIAGE—Ever Obsolete?) Also, as an angel, Satan has no gender, and therefore does not understand sex. And as god of this world (II Cor. 4:4), this distorted, genderless fallen angel has created a distortion of genders and perversions of sex.
The whole world has been deceived by the devil (Rev. 12:9). Yet, this does not leave man without responsibility for his actions. Satan leads mankind, and the perversions described below are the result of that leadership. Keep in mind that we are not attacking people or groups of people, but we are attacking sin, and helping this blind world see the result of its actions.
The concept of homosexuality is neither new nor original. It has existed since ancient times. Near the fall of any dominant society, homosexuality flourished. Be it in Sodom and Gomorra, or ancient Greece, the proliferation of homosexuality has become the great indicator that a society’s days were numbered.
Make no mistake. Homosexuality is wrong and is sin (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:17-18; I Cor. 6:9; I Tim. 1:10; Jude 7). God Himself calls it an abomination. It is unnatural and mocks the very concept of marriage and reproduction. It is clear what God teaches about homosexuality. In no way would He create someone as homosexual. It must be a learned behavior. The road it has taken in modern society has changed it from criminal, to a mental disorder, to a celebrated and encouraged “lifestyle.” Never has a subsection of society seen such sweeping changes and acceptance in such a short period.
Nevertheless, the survival of homosexuality also links it to other perversions—such as pedophilia. A 1998 study showed that 86% of pedophiles described themselves as homosexual. In fact, the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality verifies, “that until very recently man/boy love relationships were accepted as a part, and indeed were a major part, of male homosexuality.” The links continue: Alan Bell and Martin Weinberg found that 25% of white gay men have had sexual relations with boys under age 16.
This is obviously not to say that all homosexuals look to corrupt children, but historically, when taken as a whole, the man-boy relationship has been prevalent.
And as shocking as it may seem, schools are helping to promote this! In just the last year, various organizations have begun to promote curricula with increasing success. Schools all across the country have begun to teach children how to be homosexual—be it by cross-dressing, reading about homosexual relationships or even booklets teaching children what sodomy involves.
Many times, such programs are delivered to children without parental knowledge. Again, do you know if your children are being taught any of the following popular courses?:
Booklets like “Jesse’s Dream Skirt” and “In Mommy’s High Heels,” for elementary-age boys, show them that it is “good” to want to wear your mother’s high heels or your sister’s dresses. How about “Daddy’s Roommate” or “Heather Has Two Mommies”? Not to mention the courses listed in the introduction of this article.
And if it is not enough that children are being taught such things, teachers are being encouraged to take extended learning programs such as “Mobilizing Young Same Gender Loving Men,” “Responding Effectively to the Right Wing,” “Using Music to Deconstruct the Heterosexist Meaning of Family” and “Transgender Mind, Body, Spirit.”
These various curricular materials not only encourage experimentation with homosexuality, but also encourage such experimentation to be done without a parent’s knowledge.
Again, what are your children being taught?
If the curricula were not enough, a California school district unanimously passed a resolution that allowed teachers to “come out” to their classes, discussing such topics as homosexuality, sodomy and experimentation, with children as young as six-years old!
Pedophilia is when an adult engages in sexual relations or intimacy with a person who is under age. The definition of underage varies according to local age-of-consent laws, but the world average is 16-years old for both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
As previously mentioned, the links between homosexuality and pedophilia are many. But links between any acts of immorality should not come as a surprise. It can be compared to the process a drug user undergoes on the road to harder drugs. When you experiment with something that is forbidden you experience a thrill. Over time, what was forbidden becomes the norm and to experience a thrill again, you become curious—interested—in other more forbidden drugs.
Inevitably, most who smoke marijuana will try other drugs, but always tell themselves that they would not do a particular drug, or method of consumption. Over time, their adversity to heavier drugs fades and they slowly, but surely, happily trot down avenues once considered completely outside the realm of possibility.
And so it is with immorality. Like drug abuse, sexuality immorality is addictive. Many who have been arrested for rape, sexual abuse and pedophilia freely admit that they would do it again. They feel they would be unable to help themselves from fulfilling their addiction. Like drugs, any sexually immoral indulgence will typically lead to others. Studies show that pedophiles, homosexuals and swingers (adulterers) are more likely to be involved in bondage, masochism and other dangerous sexual activities.
And like many “fringe” sexual topics, pedophilia now seems to be viewed the same way that homosexuality was viewed just 50 years ago. Back then, homosexuality was shown to be the immoral choice that it was. But today, many feel that homosexuals are “born that way” and have no choice but to exercise that lifestyle. The pedophilia movement in North America sounds very similar to the homosexual movement of years ago. Many states and provinces have now introduced legislation to define pedophilia as “mental disorder” instead of a crime. Like homosexuality, this is the stepping-stone into excusing pedophilia as a lifestyle choice that must be therefore understood and accepted.
There is also other legislation to reduce or remove the age of consent laws—the minimum age at which a child can legally have sex with an adult. Many countries have already reached crossroads in this. In Canada, the age of consent law allows children as young as 14 to have sexual relationships with an adult. In some states, the power of the lobbying groups is more evident. While New Mexico’s age of consent for heterosexuals is 17 years, it is 13 years for homosexuals. Take a moment and imagine if a 13-year old understands the consequences of sodomy. But this is the steady, ever-growing trend.
The voices of the pedophilia movement are gaining in intensity, and many are beginning to listen. Some popular psychiatrists have even stated that sexual relations between an adult and a child can be beneficial to the development of a child—shocking! While it may seem incredible that we are seeing such sweeping changes throughout society, it should never be so. As mentioned, before the fall of any society, rampant immorality reigns—especially pedophilia and homosexual.
In approximately mid-1400 B.C., God led the nation of Israel out of Egypt. In the course of re-teaching this slave nation all the laws and statues that would help them live in happiness and prosperity, God taught them laws governing morality.
Such teachings were foreign to the world at large. Various perversions were rampant in the world, to the point that the ideas this small slave nation put forward were extreme, as this quote from Martha Nussbaum, Professor at Brown University shows:
“Ancient categories of sexual experience differed considerably from our own. The central distinction in sexual morality was the distinction between active and passive roles. The gender of the object…is not in itself morally problematic. Boys and women are very often treated interchangeably as objects of [male] desire.” It could be said that Israel’s laws were “deviant” in the ancient world.
From ancient Mexico, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome to the Far East, homosexuality and pedophilia were so common that sociology professor Dr. David E. Greenberg writes that such action “seems to have been universal among male citizens” (Why Judaism Rejected Homosexuality, Dennis Prager).
Therefore, this new nation of Israel was completely different in its beliefs and concepts. Its introduction of monogamous marriage-bound relationships shook the ideas common in the world. But the laws of God took years to be properly enforced. Male prostitutes often appeared in temples throughout Israel’s history. Some of their kings sought to put out this evil: “And he [King Asa] took away the sodomites out of the land…” (I Kgs. 15:12). The Greek word used for sodomites is qdeshim, which means “a male devotee by prostitution.” Given free reign, human nature will always turn to immorality.
But regardless, when Israel followed God’s Law, the people prospered. They were happy and their nation was at peace.
With the re-introduction of The Ten Commandments, this former nation in bondage began to learn the ways of God, and was forced to walk against the traditions of the world. They put away perversions, such as homosexuality. They had learned from God that in order to find happiness, they must follow His laws and no longer believe or “go along” with the deceived world around them.
Many other biblical examples show that immorality was put out from among the people of Israel. Using their example, the modern nations of Israel—United States, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia—should do the same. If a nation does not turn and follow proper morality, it is assured the same fate that has befallen ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia and others.
Things have turned from the era of modesty and purity that was normal only a few generations ago. If the world does not wake up and see the results of their actions, homosexuality, pedophilia and even bestiality, will quickly become the norm.
The purpose of this article is to help the world see their sins, and that happiness, prosperity and fulfillment will not result from immoral and perverse lifestyles. The world must awaken to its sins and turn from the slippery slope that is taking it from an immoral society to an amoral one—a society that has gone from decaying morals to one without morals, without rules, and without rule!
But this is not the “end game” of society. There will be a very different way coming to this world very soon. It will end the sadness and emptiness that immorality and sexual abuse have brought. Christ is returning to earth to enforce the laws of God throughout the entire world. And, like ancient Israel, true happiness, peace and prosperity will break out throughout civilization.
You do not have to follow the path society has chosen. You now know many of the facts and statistics on how immorality has proliferated throughout our society. The concepts, the teachings and agendas have been exposed for what they are. You now understand that there is a being—the devil—who directs and shapes the moral code of this world, and his concept of morality is distorted and perverse. Will you allow yourself to be shaped as a veritable puppet? Or will you choose God’s Way and experience the joy and happiness that it brings?
In Part III, we will give you more facts to further understand how pervasive immorality has become in our society. You will be able to see the big picture and know where this road will lead. And finally, we will provide you with the REAL answer—God’s solution to the problems of immorality—next month, in “The Immorality Explosion! Part III”